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S.F. pizzeria worker stabbed to death
« on: November 24, 2009, 05:32:59 PM »
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S.F. pizzeria worker stabbed to death

Jaxon Van Derbeken, Chronicle Staff Writer
Tuesday, November 24, 2009

(11-24) 13:35 PST SAN FRANCISCO -- A worker at a Sutter Street pizza parlor was stabbed to death early this morning, and police have arrested a woman on parole for assault who they say had just visited the restaurant for a drink of water.

The victim, a 28-year-old man whose name has not been released, was stabbed at 1:30 a.m. outside Bellissimo Pizza at 920 Sutter St., near Leavenworth Street, said Lt. Mike Stasko of the San Francisco police homicide detail. The victim died a short time later at San Francisco General Hospital.

Stasko said the alleged assailant, 24-year-old Maryam Achekzai of Hercules, had asked a pizzeria employee for water a few minutes before the attack, then had gotten her drink and left.

The victim was taking a break outside the pizzeria when Achekzai returned and stabbed him, police said. The assailant ran down the street, dropped the knife, then started to flag down motorists.

A driver who stopped to pick her up reported that the woman said someone was trying to kill her, police said.

A cab driver who saw the woman get into the car, alerted by witnesses that something had happened at the pizzeria, followed the vehicle and called police. Officers stopped the car a few blocks away and arrested Achekzai.

"What can you say? This is a horrible tragedy," Stasko said. "We have no idea why this happened at all."

Court records show that Achekzai was on parole after being convicted of assault stemming from a September 2006 crime in Alameda County.

In that incident, Fremont police said, Achekzai put a knife to a woman's throat in a failed robbery attempt, then punched another woman and grabbed her purse as the victim was loading groceries into her car. She also allegedly grabbed the woman by the hair.

Achekzai pleaded to assault and was sentenced to three years state prison, but was released after getting credit for time served, records show.

Bellissimo Pizza was closed this morning. State records show that the restaurant is owned by Mohamed Ghodhbane, who could not be reached for comment.

A woman who lives down the block from the pizzeria, Nita Lynch, said she was about to go into the restaurant for a slice early this morning when she heard a commotion, saw the alleged stabber flee and then discovered what happened.

"The people at the store, all of them, are the nicest people you'd ever want to meet," Lynch said. "They're really hardworking, lovely people. I'm just so completely baffled by this."